Best Local Farm, brought to you by ThinkFoodGroup
Vote for one of the nominees below for best farm or farmer who is a making a difference as a role model, local inspiration, producer of excellence or showing leadership in stewardship of the land and/or animal husbandry. Any farmer from the larger DC metropolitan region, including Northern Virginia and Maryland.
Mountain View Farm
Mountain View Farm is located a few miles from the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, in Neersville, Virginia. The lease their farmland from the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a 900 acre nature preserve, footsteps away from the Appalachian Trail. Owners Atilla, Shawna and their children Ruby and Emmet grow USDA Certified Organic produce that is available straight from the farm as well as at three weekly farmers markets in Washington DC. Their small family run farm's primary goal is to provide high quality, healthy food for friends, neighbors and treasured customers.
P.A. Bowen Farmstead
At P.A. Bowen Farmstead they are dedicated to raising grass-based livestock and producing fine artisan raw cheese. Situated in the gentle hills of Maryland’s Prince Georges County, the diverse multi-species farm seeks to mimic the patterns of nature using old-fashioned grazing techniques coupled with modern technologies. The different animal species work symbiotically to heal and build the soil, and to produce high-quality foods that heal and nourish our bodies. Hormones, growth-enhancers, pesticides and herbicides are never used on the P.A. Bowen Farmstead. Antibiotics are only in extreme medical situations, never routinely. P.A. Bowen Farmstead emphasizes rotational grazing for all farm species. All animals are provided with a habitat that allows them to thrive: pigs root through the forests; broilers in their chicken tractors and hens roaming freely work over the pastures recently grazed on by the dairy herd; the Jersey cows are milked just once a day, and are given new pasture daily. The grain mix fed to our pigs and poultry is non-GMO and soy-free, and mostly locally grown.
Up Top Acres
Up Top Acres provides hyper-local produce to residents of DC as well as thriving green space that the city so desperately needs. Up Top Acres is creating a network of rooftop farms in DC in order to establish agriculture as a fixture of city life. Their farms turn underutilized spaces into productive farmland, allowing residents access to fresh, local produce, and capture stormwater to help keep our local rivers clean. Up Top Acres farms are also used as event spaces to expose as many people as possible to urban agriculture. Their event space is used to start conversations about local food, urban farming, food waste, and much more.